John Adams' signature on half-title: "John Adams." John Adams Library copy contains note in Adams' hand on verso of half-title: "This is the work of a dying man of extraordinary application and research. But Enfield's History of Philosophy will show its glaring imperfections. But Enfield is but an abridgment of Bruker's Historia critica Philosophia in five volumes folio or large octavo. Of this work there is probably but one copy in America. That was brought from Europe, by Mr. Buckminster, and sold at a great price, at his auction, when Mr. Shaw in [sic] behalf of the Athenæum, was outbidden by the deeper purse of Harvard College. It would be more useful in the Athenæum, than in the Cambridge Library." John Adams Library copy contains significant annotations in Adams's hand. Transcriptions of handwritten annotations available from Boston Public Library, Rare Books & Manuscripts Department.
John Adams Library copy transferred from the supervisors of the Temple and School Fund. Quincy, Mass., 1894
A few words of John Adams's annotation are cut off in the inside margin.